Everyone has a foam roller tucked away somewhere at home right? Rollers are a popular but often misused tool to work with. As a sports therapist who specialises in treating musculoskeletal pain and discomfort I often prescribe home exercises for my clients to complete in-between their treatment sessions. It's a way of empowering clients to take more control and responsibility for the management of their condition instead of just relying on the mobilisation techniques that I use when they book in to my the clinic.
Benefits of using a foam roller prior to activity include;
1. Increased blood flow
2. Optimized length-tension relationship of a muscle
3. Improved movement efficiency
4. Psychological stimulation for activity.
Muscle tissue and nervous system are stimulated with fast-movement rolling. This is in contrast to the rolling you will do after an activity which will require a much slower and longer rolling technique.
Benefits of rolling after activity include;
1. Flushing of tissues
2. Increasing elasticity of tissue
3. Begin recovery process
4. Slow the heart rate
5. Psychological relaxation.
There are some people who should not use foam rollers such as people with osteoporosis or those on blood medications, with high blood pressure, diabetes , pregnancy or those with varicose veins.
The new RockNRoller is available from our webshop for purchase if you don't already have one.
And if you do have one but would like some more tips on how to get the most out of it, why not bring it along to your next sports therapy appointment at our Gisborne and Brunswick clinics.